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panic in a chicago nightclub packed to four times capacity. >> they started running down the stairs. and somebody fell, and then somebody fell on top of them. >> a soccer game goes from confrontation to total chaos. two dead, four dead, ten dead, 16 dead. >> what happens then is a shock even to the players. >> i am telling you now, we are going to play this football match. >> a concert lets out, and the crowd is trapped in a suffocating crush. >> i thought that they must be dying. >> it was absolute chaos. it was very much your worst nightmare. "caught on camera: crowd control." streams of people enter a
popular chicago nightclub. what happens inside sends them all running for the exit. >> the fear that pervaded that whole place was overriding emotion. it was panic. it was panic turning to fear. >> february 17th, 2003, the e2 nightclub located one floor above the epitomy restaurant hopes to attract a large turnout with a special deejay performance. by 2:00 a.m. the club security cameras are rolling as nearly 1,200 people pack inside. at the time, robert r. egan is the assistant state's attorney. >> the capacity for the club was just over 240 people. frankly, they were wall to wall. it was literally jammed. >> suddenly, outside of the view of the cameras, a fight breaks
out and a security guard discharges a can of pepper spray. >> the crowd reacted, not knowing what this was. somebody yelled out, poison gas. it happened a year 9/11 happened. there was a lot of fear just naturally out there. and people said, let's get out of here. >> people inside the club begin to run for the stairwell leading down to the front door. >> it was a very tall, steep stairwell. it was not a stairwell that was built to code, and it really was not suitable for the use that it was put to. and they started running down the stairs. and somebody fell, and then somebody fell on top of them, and somebody fell on top of them.
and the next thing you know, people were literally stacked 10, 12 feet high. you look at a scenario where your life is under threat, where you're looking for means of escape. do you choose the door you came in by, the route that you know, or door number two? >> keith still is a professor in england and crowd dynamics. >> it's a marked emergency exit. but i don't know if it's open. i don't know where it goes. so my perception of risk is go out the way i came in, it's a safe bet. >> people stuck in the crush are desperately reaching for relief. local freelance videographer kent hurslic is part of the first camera crew to arrive, capturing the only video of the scene. >> there were people that were stuck in the doorway, and they could not get out. they just became so interlocked that they couldn't pull the
people out. they were going to pull a limb off if you were going to pull somebody out of the there. >> firefighters must enter to the back of the club to access people piled up along the stairwell leading to the front door. >> they had to stand on the pile. they had to stand on people and take one person at a time off the pile and pull them into safety. they were in cardiac arrest. they were technically dead, and they worked on them and resuscitated them and got a heartbeat and brought them back to life. it takes time for the rescue workers to get there. unfortunately, these people didn't have any time. they were being asphyxiated from all the pressure that was up against them. they had minutes, not tens of minutes. >> despite the efforts of rescue workers, 21 people died.
the club owner is charged with involuntary manslaughter. the owner's case is dismissed and the rest is found not guilty. the owner and manager filed a lawsuit against the city of chicago for malicious prosecution on a related charge. the city denied the claim, and the case was dismissed. nearly two decades earlier, fear grips another crowd and frenzied soccer fans are crushed against a concrete retaining wall. may 29th, 1985. nearly 60,000 supporters fill belgium's stadium for the european cup final, pitting england's liverpool against the italian team. emotions are running high as two of the world's most successful soccer teams face-off. liverpool fan rogan taylor is watching on television from his home in england.
>> i have a young family, three daughters. all crazy liverpool fans. of course it comes with the territory. and we are awaiting this match. we've got some bubbly in the fridge. we're expecting a great game. >> at the stadium, liverpool fan chris roland is just arriving, but before the game even starts, the festive mood of the day begins to unravel. >> there is no crowd control at all. there are no stewards. there are no police. there are no -- there's a few turnstyle operators, but they're just waving you through. nothing. absolutely nothing. people couldn't believe their eyes. it's suddenly packed to the rafters. the ter races at either end was in a bad condition. it really was a recipe for disaster. >> the opposing fans, typically seated at opposite sides of the
stadium and separated by barriers are instead placed side by side. at the time, english fans have a reputation for hulliganism and violent behavior at matches. >> police about 17,000 in total, 5 police, a dog, and a chicken wire fencing chest high separating the two sets of supporters. mix them and not separate them. but there they were, completely unseparated. >> with nothing substantial to keep the sides apart, tensions begin to rise. >> insults are passed back and forth. there's a little bit of wire shaking goes on. eventually somebody pulls the wire down. and a couple of fights start. as soon as small fights start, the vast bulk of the crowd, the italian crowd in this case, begin to retreat and fight.
many of them are desperate to get out of there. >> panicked italian fans tear across the terraces, but there is no escape. the rushing crowd is forced against the concrete wall. >> we're all in the dressing room. we're all slowly starting to get ready. and then we heard like a distant sort of thud. almost like a rumble. we thought, oh, what's that? never thought anything of it. five minutes later one of the officials who was with liverpool came in and said, look, guys, the walls collapsed. coming up, pandemonium in the stands. >> the people came in and said, there's a lot of people dead. just like that. there's loads of people dead. >> and a shocking decision to control the chaos. >> they're afraid of the consequences. the only way is to play the game. >> when "caught on camera: crowd
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in belgium's stadium, the 1985 game hasn't gotten under way when a scuffle between the fans sparks a frenzy. italian fans trying to escape aggressive liverpool fans are trapped against a concrete wall with nowhere left to run. crowd safety expert keith still knows the dangerous pressure that can build inside a crush of people. >> these are unusual forces because it's a combined mass and speed, the momentum, the energy within the crowd that creates the combined force. it's not how much i can push against the wall. it's how much everybody is pushing against me. now, unfortunately, whenever steel and stone meets flesh and bone, there can only be one winner. >> like much of the stadium, the wall is in disrepair from years
of neglect. the force of the fans against the already weakened structure creates a perfect storm. liverpool fan chris roland is entering the stadium. >> as we were making our way in, we actually heard the wall break. and we saw lots of -- what appeared to be italian supporters -- clambering over the wall. they looked crazed, to be honest, charging down the banks toward us, which is what they were trying to do, to escape the trouble. and in doing so, it took the wall down. >> frantic italian fans are trampling each other as they try to escape danger. the ground is covered with the injured and the dead. >> we hear that there's 2 dead, 4 dead, 10 dead, 16 dead.
we're going, oh, my god. and of course, people would be getting more and more worried if they had family there. it's happened to them. where are they? i can't imagine. no mobile phones. couldn't give them a call. >> while paramedics tend to the injured that have been brought outside, the chaos continues inside the stadium. >> certainly there are hundreds of italian supporters charging down the running tracks towards us. as it turned out, those italian fans heard what happened at the other end and appeared to be charging around for some revenge. >> even though rolland has heard the wall collapse, like many fans across the stadium, he's unaware just how serious the situation is. >> absolutely no idea whatsoever. just that where were a lot of people. it happened in the far right-hand corner from where we are standing. no one knows why this is happening. no one knows why there's a delay. no one knows why the italian fans are agitated.
>> more police arrive to attempt to gain control of the stadium. meanwhile, the teams begin to wonder if they'll still be expected to play. >> the people on the liverpool staff came in and said, there's loads of people dead. just like that. there's loads of people dead. the belgium chief of police of brussels came into the dressing room. all sorts of police and riot gear and said, we are still searching beneath the rubble of people dying, people going to the hospital. he said, i am telling you now we're going to play this football match. i'm pretty sure one of our players went, why? what's the point? people dead. people dying. why are we playing football? the chief of police said because i've decided that if we don't, there could be even more problems. >> they're afraid of the consequences of announcing that we have a lot of dead people here. we're t not going to do this. please go home quietly. they don't think that's going to happen. they think the only way is to
play the game. >> but the team is not on bard with the police chief's decision. >> there's a general consensus by the player saying, we shouldn't be playing football. we should so not be playing football. but the coach said, look, you know, we have to be guided by the police. >> as night falls, the fans are now subdued in the terraces. more than an hour passed the scheduled kick-off time, the teams get ready to play. >> there might actually be a game of football. and the teams came out. there's going to be a match. right. okay. nobody seemed even slightly enthusiastic about the prospect. certainly not on our end. >> there was no applause, nothing. it was like you were out walking the dog in the forest. absolutely no reaction whatsoever. no players were talking to each other. no players were looking at each other.
i think literally everybody was just looking at the floor totally numb. >> just a short time into the came, laurenson was taken off. >> when the game started i only lasted 80 seconds because i got injured and dislocated my shoulder. i started to cry. it was a mixture of emotion. it was the realization of the massive problems that had been in the game. >> as the game continues, a sense of unease dominates play that is apparent even to those like rogan taylor, watching at home. >> there's a tackle close to the penalty area. but not quite in it. they give the penalty to the italian team. i'm already thinking. he doesn't want extra time. he wants to get this game over. >> the italian team takes the penalty shot. they score the only goal in the game, winning the european cup.
but it is a hollow victory. the chaos of the day has left 39 fans crushed to death and 600 people injured. because of the role of their fans in the violence, english clubs are banned from european competition for five years. >> none of our people were dead but something for us had died for us, too, that night. for those young lads who didn't really have very much going for them, but could put on a shirt and think we're in the best in the world. suddenly, we're the worst in the world. these are the fans who kill people. that for the city was a trauma of considerable significance. >> 14 liverpool supporters are convicted of involuntary
manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison. the belgian police captain is found guilty of criminal negligence for his handling of security and is given a six-month sentence. for many, the years have not softened the painful memory of that dark day. >> i went back to the stadium to play, and i looked before the game to where i thought that the wall was and there was absolutely nothing there, but that was spooky. that was very, very spooky. kind of thought, oh, my goodness. all those years ago. coming up, too many people, too little space. a terrifying combination on a bridge in cambodia. >> the people in the middle start fainting. the whole crowd went down like that. and later, a stampede is triggered at a popular raid, when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues.
suspension bridge, excitement quickly turns to a crushing panic. the whole thing just seems to go out of control. >> nbc news correspondent is a veteran correspondent in the region. >> different countries has ways of working. cambodia is a very small country and a very poor country. a lot of the systems in place, whether law enforcement, the health system and crowd control systems are pretty basic. >> every year nearly 2 million people flood cambodia's capital city for the water festival, which marks the end of the rainy season. on the final night of the 2010 festival, a concert lets out and crowds begin to converge on a
newly constructed bridge. it's the only pedestrian walkway protecting the mainland to dooimd island. freelance journalist robert carmichael and his friend live there. >> it was newly opened. there were people on the island who wanted to leave and go home. there were people on the mainland who wanted to get on the island to come and have a good time. >> it had gotten tighter and tighter and tighter. there was no outlet. >> people started leaving the island and got caught in the middle. >> a massive crush of people forms on the bridge. each person desperately reaching for pockets of air and the cooling relief of the water in the stifling heat. >> it's like a boa constrictor you can breathe out so your lungs will collapse but you can't breathe back in. you have no space to breathe back in. only takes 60 seconds to lose consciousness. >> as people in the middle faint
from lack of oxygen, the whole crowd just went down like that. >> cambodian native and associated press photographer gets word of the perilous situation and heads to the bridge to take pictures, but he is not prepared for what he is about to see. >> they ask and they try to call, please give me water. i'm thirsty. please help me. i really thought they must be dying. >> rescue workers desperately try to dislodge people one by one from the crush. it is pinning them down with incredible combined forces. >> think of it like dominos. it's the momentum of the entire mass. it only takes five people pushing against one to break a rib or collapse a lung or smash a child he's head.
>> the government said there was as many as 8,000 people in this tangled mesh of people. i had to start with each end and untangle people, pull them out one at a time. >> trying to free up vital room on the bridge, many decide to take their chances in the river. >> these young men and women who are willing to jump off of a bridge that they didn't know the depths to and a lot of whom didn't even know how to swim, just to make room for other people to have a better chance at catching their breath. that was pretty extraordinary. >> as the minutes pass, panicked faces begin to look exhausted as the rescue workers and journalists gather around them. i try to apologize to all of victims. this is the way of my journalism. i must do it. i take these pictures.
so my camera just hang up like that and click. up to there, just a little bit too see how the people are and lift people up high, up to the air. what has happened? nobody can answer that. >> after hearing rumors of what is happening, journalist carmichael races to the scene to file a report. by the time he and his friend arrive, survivors and the dead have nearly all been removed by rescue workers. >> we're on the bridge. he's shooting some video and taking some images to help me out. there were hundreds lying on the bridge. down the other side that hadn't yet cleared, there were dozens of people lying dead. >> hospitals stretched far beyond their limits, scrambled to receive and treat the
injured. >> we saw the scene at the hospital, chaotic scenes at the hospital. people looking for friends and relatives. the corridors packed with the injured. the hospitals were everwhemed. >> despite the efforts of rescue workers, 347 people are killed and hundreds are injured. >> the overwhelming cause of death according to hospital authorities were people suffocating in the sheer crush or broken bones. people having their bodies crushed in the crowd or in some cases throwing themselves in the river and drowning. >> while the number of cases is staggering, it could have been higher if it weren't for those who jumped from the bridge. >> one of the survivors were told by the young people, listen, you youngsters, you better jump into the river. we have to free up space. he was at the time holding a woman's child. he gave the child back to the woman, and he jumped.
so him and his friends survived. and of course, a lot of people didn't. >> the light of the next day shines on an eerily quiet scene, a stark contrast from the kayous the night before. >> one of the most striking images was the sheer numbers of shoes to spread all over the bridge, all over the banks. it left you wondering where are those people now. >> the nation units to support the survivors and mourn those lost. >> the national government came to pay their respects at the site. they were crying. that is something that i don't think anyone has seen. >> the prime minister himself described this has the worst tragedy for cambodia since the murder rouse regime in which millions of people died. i mean, this country is no stranger to tragedy.
>> one year later, the bridge is demolished. even though it's less than two years old there's no structural damage but it's deemed too painful a reminder. a memorial is constructed to honor those lost. >> i think one of the key things which the government admitted was the ability, the crowd control ability wasn't there. the policing was very poor. that they would need to have better systems in place. >> one of the worst things about it is that most people were young. just young kids out having an evening. you know, people live different lives here and this water festival is a time of celebration, a time to have a good time and to let go. for it to end like that, it affected a lot of people. coming up, out of control college students turn a city upside down. >> i looked up, and i see a tv coming out the window.
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i'm craig melvin. mohammed morsi issued a in decree that annuls the most controversial parts of the original decree he issued on november 22nd. that one gave him almost absolute power without judicial reviews. the referendum on the new constitution will go ahead as scheduled. dallas cowboys player josh brent is facing manslaughter charges after an accident in a dallas suburb that killed his teammate. line bracher jerry died in a vehicle crash. more news later. for new, back to "caught on camera." when a crowd of college students mixes with too much
alcohol, the result can be a cocktail of bad behavior. with good judgment gone for the night, vandalism and rioting can spread like wildfire. march 12th, 2011. students are capturing video on their cell phones after an all nighter of drinking in albany, new york. by nearly 7:00 a.m. house parties spill onto the street as a celebration known as kegs and eggs, as students eagerly await the city's st. patrick's day parade. >> thousands of young people were involved. it was upsetting to see what was going on. and we had never experienced that. >> everybody is on every inch of the street, on inch of the sidewalk. on all the porches. they're completely wasted.
it's just a sea of green mayhem. >> the crowd is whipping itself into a frenzy. and then things take a destructive turn. >> i was walking at one point. i remember hearing "charge" and look up and see a tv coming out the window. fantastic. now it's raining appliances. >> people are taking microwaves and throwing them into the streets. beer bottles, anything they can get their hands on. >> everybody is completely belligerent. >> at what point does somebody look around in the kitchen and go, i'm going to throw everything in here out the window? point, it can only go downhill. >> once things started to get really crazy we moved on. we wanted no part of that. >> after destroying property inside the houses, the crowd turns the attention outside. >> at some point somebody yelled, flip that car. which they started to chant
"flip that car." and they decided to move that into the middle of the street and just started going to town on it. >> when they're not able to tip it over, they start jumping on the roof, throwing stuff against the windshield. it only takes one person with a bad idea to start something like that. >> the criminal element, we'll use that to the advantage to create mayhem. imitators may then follow on. reacti reactionaries may get caught up on it. people are throwing stones then. you tend to have reaction, if they can do it, i can do it. it's criminal behavior. when you're caught within the crowd, it does tend to become part of the culture of the moment. >> as a group tries to flip a large van, police arrive on the scene and attempt to put a cap on the chaos. >> we got a lot of calls about the very loud parties. the police were deployed.
by then the kids were on the street. they were going from house to house. >> students are capturing all the action on video using their cell phone cameras. >> anybody who had a smartphone is like, i can't believe this is happening. they uploaded them to facebook or youtube right away. i got back to my room and was able to watch what happened an hour ago. video intended for the entertainment quickly becomes incriminating evidence against some of them. >> they took the youtube videos and made a photo array and went knew the neighborhood handing them out to students, trying to get them to match names to faces. >> they put video on it. when something happens like that, they're going to film it. people have to understand we are going to identify you. we identified youngsters that were breaking the law and we arrested them. >> the videos go viral, gaining attention online and in the news media.
>> i talked to the seniors graduating and never lived in the neighborhood. now they're getting their degree that they worked hard for four years, now has a stain of kegs and eggs incident on it. >> after a chaotic day, there are a number of arrests and many are convicted on multiple charges. two people receive jail time. the rest get probation, fines, or community service. the city, in cooperation with the local colleges, is doing whatever it can to prevent anything like this from ever happening again, including a clever new placement for a school vacation. >> they pushed their spring break back by a week so it ran on the same week as st. patrick's day to get the kids out dl so they wouldn't be around the st. patrick's day parade. >> the last thing i want to do is arrest college students here. as far as i'm concerned, the message is strong. we're not going to tolerate it.
coming up, concert goers in los angeles rush the gates. >> stop now. the party will be stopped. >> when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues. year-e even so, the 5.3-liter v8 silverado can tow up to 9,600 pounds? 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer-power? [ laughs ] [ pencil scratches ] [ male announcer ] chevy's giving more. get the best offer of the year -- 0% apr financing for 60 months plus $1,000 holiday bonus cash. plus trade up for an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance. hurry. bonus cash ends january 2nd.
june 26th, 2010. the electric daisy carnival, considered a large scale raid, is kicking off its second day in the los angeles coliseum, featuring a lineup of electronic artists and carnival rides. freelance photo journalist dan crouse is photographing the event near the stage. >> et cetera almost like a woodstock kind of thing but way newer with new technology and it's the new youth culture. >> you see a lot of people in different costumes.
sometimes they're creative or sometimes they're just bathing suits and bikinis. >> as the rides are in motion and music under way, fans are finding their places throughout the stadium. >> chris cox is a music producer and deejay sitting in the vip section. >> they stop letting people downstairs because they wanted to start filling in the bleachers. >> they all wanted to get down into the field, which was packed with people. and there were only a few access points where people could get through. and then so many people just started pushing and, you know, it just kept getting more dense and tighter, so people just started climbing over the fences. >> an orderly situation takes a dangerous shift. a local news chopper captures it all from the air. >> people in the crowd that i was standing with was saying bum rush the gates.
>> that's when i picked up my camera because when i saw the thing started happening i started shooting it. >> within seconds the crowd breaches the barriers and rushes over the tops of tents that cover concession stands on the main floor. >> i was just blown away by it. people were literally falling over each other, getting crushed and trampled. >> i saw this girl slip off of one of the tents. her bone popped out of her leg. >> a massive buildup of people forms at the gate and is captured on cell phone video by a concert goer. >> a lot of people were getting crushed because it was either you run or you just stop. a lot of people got stepped on, a lot of people got trampled over. >> i'm sure a lot of people were scared about getting lost under a mass of people. there wasn't much anyone could do to stop it. >> people are pulled from the
force of the crush and injuries are assessed. >> back, back. >> as event organizers attempt to gain control of the situation. >> all the sudden they cut the music and started like yelling at the crowd and telling everyone to behave themselves and grow up. >> stop now. the party will be stopped. throw these people who came here in the name of love and light. >> the rapper lil john happened to be on the stage. he grabbed the microphone. it was hysterical. >> okay, mother [ bleep ]. you need to [ bleep ] stop. >> and then the crowd just swept up and everyone started laughing about it. and then it just completely diffused this thing that could have gotten really out of hand. >> more than 100 people are injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. despite the powerful force of
the stampede, no one is killed. after the 2010 incident, the electric daisy carnival is moved out of los angeles to las vegas. but fans of the event remain firm it's not a danger to attend. >> i think it gave the festival a pretty bad rap for really a lot of people behaving themselves pretty well. it's really a small percentage of people caught up in that. >> my mom saw it after i came back. she's like, you are never going again. i ended up going three years afterwards. i'm going this year as well. it's something you have to be like, okay, you have to know what you're getting yourself in to and you have to be smart about what you're doing. coming up, the crowd goes wild. >> we all grabbed him and squeezed him and put him on our shoulders. >> fans storm the court at a one of a kind high school basketball game. >> it was a dream come true. the crowd erupted. it was like lava came out of a volcano. the whole place just went nuts.
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student is given the chance to play in a basketball game. but what happens next sends an emotionally charged crowd rushing onto the court. >> it was a dream come true. the crowd just erupted. it was like lava came out a volcano. the coach sat down. there was tears in his eyes. the whole place just went nuts. >> jason mcelwain, better known as j mac, lives in rochester new york, not far from the high school he attends from 2002 to 2006 as a special education student. >> i had a disability growing up. i had to work hard to get their respect. basketball teaches you life lessons of things are not always
going to go your way in life. >> as a student, it's basketball tryouts that never seemed to go jason's way. as his father sees firsthand. >> he practiced and so forth. when he was a sophomore in high school, he was only about 100 pounds, about 5'6". so he got cut. that's when the jv coach came up with the idea of maybe he could be the team manager. >> basically getting water for the team, encouraging guys on the court. it was fantastic. >> i can always see he's excited in his white shirt and tie. his shirt would be out in the first quarter. he would be yelling and screaming. what i didn't really realize is that everybody had kind of seen that, too. >> jason's dedication inspires players like ricky wallace and varsity coach jim johnson to set a plan into motion. >> we had already brainstormed it. let's get this league built for this kid so he can have a
substantial amount of time to get in. >> we had talked during the season that i continue promise to have him in the game but i was going to have him a uniform for senior night. >> he worked so hard in practice. that was the least we could do, is to push for him to get in the game. >> february 15th, 2006, excitement is building for greece athena's last game of the season. the teacher is one of many in the crowd. >> very excited that there was a game that night. and that there was a chance that he was going to be able to get in for the first time. in the back of my mind i was just thinking, oh, my goodness, i hope the coach lets him in. >> fans are in the bleachers. many of them are shooting the video as the game gets under way. >> they have signed, j-mac signs. they had pictures of his face on little paint sticks and so forth. so that was -- it sent a chill
down your back, you know. >> but near tend of the second half, the clock is ticking down and jason, number 52, is still on the bench. >> the crowd throughout the game, because they would periodically start chanting "we want j-mac." just in case i had forgotten. >> with only four minutes left and the lead built, the coach finally does what everyone in the crowd has been hoping for. >> i started hearing the chants again pretty loud. i was just kind of mulling in my mind when is the best time to put him in. so when i looked up at the clock and saw just over four minutes, i said, the time is right. he's going to have enough time to get a chance to score a basket. i stood up and i pointed to him, and he just bounced right up. >> i was like, oh, my gosh. he's in. we were all up on our feet. the whole gym was on their feet at that point.
>> the kids all stood up and gave him a standing ovation. i got so overwhelmed with emotion i sat down on the bench and tears were rolling down my face. it's really something i will never forget. >> a nervous excitement grips the crowd. >> half of me was so happy for this kid, he finally got a shot. the other side is i hope he doesn't make a fool of himself. i didn't want him to go in and be overwhelmed or make him scared. you know? i didn't want him to be laughed at or anything. >> i know you're not supposed to pray in a public school. i was praying. i was praying, dear god, please, just help him score one basket. >> jason takes his first shot. it's an air ball. >> usually in a high school gym, player shoots an air ball, you hear chants from the crowd, air ball. i didn't hear anything. it was just like an aw. i think everybody was pulling so hard for him to score a basket. >> he takes his second shot. another miss.
>> it was like, you know, come on, you can do it. just really trying to give him good vibes, that you can do it. >> i'm very nervous. i don't want anyone to take the ball from him. i don't want him to, you know, lose it, get it stolen. i'm so nervous. every second i'm just like don't do this, don't do that. >> jason sets up for another three-pointer. >> all the coaches are praying to god that it would go in. >> and the third one's the charm. >> the place just exploded. >> everybody was up on their feet, and we were all just so excited. and i thought, finally. >> but jason isn't done yet. what happens next is something no one in the crowd could have expected. the shots from the three-point line keep coming. >> and he just went crazy. turned into michael jordan. he started making shot after shot.
>> one after another after another. >> it went from excitement to hysteria. everybody was just beside themselves. >> everyone was just going crazy because no one knew he was capable of this. >> i was in a zone. i was as hot as a pistol. i never shot like that in my entire life. you look at me, you can see me on the bench. i was number 34. the whole time he's hitting the shots i'm on the bench, i'm jumping up and down. i can't believe it. >> just seconds before the buzzer is about to go off, jason sets up for one last shot. >> jason's teammates threw it right to jason. the crowd is in all anticipation, and he pulls up from three or four feet from behind the three-point arc. i'm thinking, oh my god, jason, don't shoot from there. that's too far. >> but he makes it. jason scored a total of 20
points in four minutes. when the buzzer sounds, the crowd bursts onto the court. >> we just ran over to him as fast as we could after the game. we just all grabbed him and geez r squeezed him and put him on our shoulders. >> to see a young man see his dream come true. there's no better feeling than that. >> jason's fan base quickly expands into a much wider audience, thanks to those amateur videos. >> i received a lot of letters from like the white house, getting to meet president bush, getting to meet people like magic johnson. going to the final four that year. >> jason leaves greece athena high school as a student in 2006. but in 2009 returns to his alma mater, this time as an assistant coach. no one would deny it's a triumph jason has earned. >> it feels great to get back to the game that i always loved. nice shot.